The Importance of Dance in Your Child’s Life
People sometimes ask me why I dance. My answer is simply, ”Why not?” My main motive is joy. The happiness that dance has provided me is not really something I can explain – it has to be felt. The benefits and opportunities dance has afforded me and many others, can do the same for you and your child. Even if your child does not end up being a professional dancer, there are several benefits to beginning dance instruction at a young age:
- Dance classes promote fitness for a lifetime! I cannot tell you how easy it is for dancers to transition their skills from dance class to so many other fitness arenas. Dance also provides the necessary daily physical fitness recommendations of most health care professionals. Promoting physical fitness as being fun and easy from a young age, creates an excellent foundation for future life long health and fitness.
- Confidence, high self-esteem and personal expression. Dance is a great way to connect emotionally with an audience and other people. Throughout the PA classes, expression, smiling and reflection will be promoted. This creates a health environment in which students can express their feelings in a productive manner, while learning to control their emotions.
- Discipline and Focus. Students will experiences challenges in their dance classes, just as people experience challenges in their life. From retaining choreography to setting and achieving goals, dancers will feel success at such a young age. They will also learn that it takes hard work and sweat to achieve their goals and dreams. Their work ethic in the dance studio spills over to their schooling and other activities.
- Lifelong friendships and bonding. Most of the friends I’ve made in my life have come through my dance training. Each started with a bond formed in the studio and continued growing. As a result of working on team, partner and solo performances, we develop comfort in working independently, a taste of healthy competition and inspiration from our peers.
- Flexibility of the body and mind. By the age of 11, most people are the most flexible they will ever be, so it is important to starting stretching at a young age. Students will not only gain and expand their physical flexibility, but also mentally as they learn to control their energy and bodies in their full range of motion.
- Creativity and imagination. Dancers will work on creating shapes and movements through imagination and exploration. This is beneficial to all aspects of life, creating endless opportunities for future development.
- Posture and poise: You can always tell who the dancer is in the room by their posture and ability to move with grace. Technique taught in class focuses on maintaining a straight back , lift from the core , a lengthening of the shoulders down the back, and both slouching and hyperextending.
- JOY! The number one rule in dance class is to have fun. As in life, if you can’t find happiness in what you do it’s hard to build compassion and persistence. Dancers will feel the freedom of expression, meet new friends and reap the rewards of dance training!
Are you ready to be a rockstar dance mom? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here are a few quick things a newbie dance mom can do to pretend like you’re a pro already.
Get your terms down.
Leotard: That’s what goes on your dancer’s body – like a swimsuit. And just like a swimsuit, dancers don’t actually wear undies under their leotards – but we don’t want to scare you off, so the undergarments lesson can wait for another day!
Tights: These go on your dancer’s legs – like pantyhose (does anyone wear those anymore?). And they go underneath their leotard.
Bun: That’s what goes in your dancer’s hair, not just on their hamburger patty.
Slack: What every dance mom should give themselves when your dancer refuses to have any of the above on their body and comes to class in their pjs instead.
Your dancer’s ballet slipper will run away from home – and join the one missing sock from every pair that they own. The problem is, it looks like every other tiny adorable ballet slipper from the dozens of other dancers. Please put their name inside their shoe (not on the outside or the bottom of the shoe) so we can help it get back home safely! While you’re at it, label their waterbottle, jacket, and anything else you can slap a sharpie in to!
Let them see your eyes, not your iphone!
We know you want to capture moments of your little one dancing – and we want that too. Take lots of photos before and after class. But during dance class, if your child is dancing for you, put the phone down and look them in the eyes. Clap, cheer and smile. Dance is a performance art and meant to be appreciated by a live audience, not just for filming. Live in the moment with your little one.
Praise the Process.
Remember to give your new dancer lots of love and encouragement. Being a dancer is hard work and takes a lot of bravery to try new things. The best thing you can tell your dancer is “I love watching you dance.” Leave the “point your toes” corrections to the professionals!
Reality is not real life.
In real life, dance moms are supportive, kind, loving, and treat their dance friends like family. If you’ve seen any other “reality” than this, you’ve been misinformed. If you need a bobbypin or a Starbucks run, we’ve got your back! Some of my very best friends were found on the dance floor – we hope you feel the same.
Welcome to your new official Dance Mom Status. We’re glad you’re here!
Children – The earlier you get them started, the better!
Children love to dance long before they are able to stand by themselves. You probably must have noticed their head bobs, smiling with hands in the air, and with full body wiggles…
The beautiful part is that there is so much to dancing than the moves and steps that we all know and see. It has, in fact, been found that dance education aids in the development of kinesthetic intelligence in children. Amazingly, dancing also offers an excellent set of benefits for the young ones in a very engaging and fun filled way.
When children are given the opportunity to dance regularly, they become more active in a very creative way. The activity also helps them to grow healthier while enhancing their muscular tone. This is further supported by studies that reveal how children that are brought up with an active lifestyle from an early age, often maintain the desire to remain active as they grow into adulthood.
Children are naturally inquisitive and have a great sense of curiosity. These tendencies come in handy during their dance classes. It is particularly fascinating how that they are quick in their mastery of sequences of unique body movements that they are taught. What’s most fascinating is how most of these children want to explore movements suited to them, evolve, and become more creative with the body control and dance steps.
Over the years, the dance lessons taught at Pink Academy of Arts continues to have an amazing impact on the students – helping them learn the art of communication in an ideal and comfortable social environment. This is so because group dynamics help to stimulate a great sense of harmony and strong bond among dancers. We call this the fun way to meet, socialise and make friends.
But that’s not all! Our dance lessons indeed have tons of benefits – socially, emotionally and otherwise. We have had countless instances of children who were initially shy (which is normal for children) at the beginning but gradually became more confident and social, with time. This can be said to be a perfect example of how dance is an excellent emotional confidence booster for a lot of children.
Other amazing benefits of children dancing include the active development of a sense of ingenuity, which in turn, inspires them to give expression to their creative imaginations.
Unlike anything else, the dance lessons that are taught at Pink Academy of Arts lasts a lifetime!